'American Dad' And Seth MacFarlane Targeted By PTC

No stranger to controversy, animation overlord Seth MacFarlane has been targeted by the Parents Television Council for explicit comments referring to oral sex and ejaculation during a recent episode of FOX's American Dad.

Seth MacFarlane

In their latest press release, the PTC urges its members to file formal complaints with the Federal Communications Commission. The group notes that American Dad airs at 9:30 pm in the Eastern and Pacific time zones and 8:30 Central/Mountain, still a prime viewing time for millions of children.

To get its supporters sufficiently foaming at the mouth, the PTC helpfully provides graphic descriptions of the graphic references for those who don't watch the show. According to the press release, the episode included a reference to a vehicle that runs on carbon, oxygen, and potassium, dubbed the "Hummie C.O.K. Guzzler." One character says "…wouldn't it run cleaner if they added another carbon molecule before the potassium? Then it would guzzle C.O.C.K." The episode also included a depiction of ejaculation, with a character noting that he "splooged on the wall."

American Dad

"This past summer the United States Supreme Court unanimously upheld the congressionally mandated authority of the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the broadcast decency law, which prohibits the airing of indecent material on the publicly-owned airwaves during times when children are likely to be in the audience. We believe this broadcast has broken the law, and we are calling on the FCC to hold Fox and its affiliates accountable," said PTC president Tim Winter.

"This kind of content is nothing new from Fox or Seth MacFarlane. In the past, 'American Dad' and MacFarlane's other programs have included scenes mocking people with Down syndrome, implying father-daughter incest, a man masturbating a horse, a baby eating horse sperm, and a character eating vomit and excrement out of a baby’s diaper," added Winter in one of the most disgusting sentences ever.

Pointing out that the material in question was broadcast on the same day that MacFarlane was named host of next year's Academy Award ceremony, Winter questioned the selection in comparison to Hollywood legends such as Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. Believing that a cartoon is inherently more alluring to a child, he also disagreed with the show's TV-14 rating.

Family Guy
While I uphold the right to free speech and believe that parents should be monitoring their children—shouldn't kids be in bed by 9:30 on a Sunday night?—I do agree that MacFarlane's shows generally rely on gross-out and shock humor these days. Family Guy has been on a downhill slide since its return from oblivion, but I finally stopped watching immediately following the scene mentioned by Mr. Winter, wherein Brian the anthropomorphic dog consumed the fecal content of Stewie's diaper and proceeded to vomit profusely. I also have a problem with Family Guy reruns airing during the dinner hour in syndication. I'm no prude, but this is a show that is clearly inappropriate for children and should be confined to primetime.

Do you agree with the PTC or are they off-base?

- American Dad!
- Seth MacFarlane

Written by: Chrononaut
Oct 5th, 2012, 3:09 pm


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Message Posted On Dec 2nd, 2012, 10:38 am

I had never watched these shows before.  Thank you, PTC (any relation to PTA??).  If it weren't for you I'd have never seen them.  They're great.  I'm going to MAKE my kids watch.  Not enough clever programming on TV.  Keep up the questionable "work".


Message Posted On Oct 15th, 2012, 3:13 pm
Please do a family guy reference to this on a near future episode!!
Seth is Sexy

Message Posted On Oct 13th, 2012, 8:13 pm
1. Mr. Winter has his facts wrong. Brian did not eat vomit out of a diaper - he ate it off the floor. 2. PTC also has his facts wrong. Brian didn't vomit profusely. Stewie vomited and Brian ate it. Just had to bring this up, because, you know, these are critical points in this discussion. ;)

Message Posted On Oct 12th, 2012, 4:36 am
I find the double standards here hilarious, comming from a populace that generates 50% of the worlds pornography!!!!

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Message Posted On Oct 10th, 2012, 10:50 am

If you don't like what's on a television show, don't watch it. Very simple, easily accomplished, and involves only you. Mostly one finds that people who want to establish "moral standards" for everyone - theirs, of course - really want to control others. This is why the alliance between certain politicians and the religious right is disturbing.


Message Posted On Oct 8th, 2012, 7:37 am
Its funny, gross, and funny. sounds like it's past the bedtime of some parents too!

Message Posted On Oct 7th, 2012, 2:52 am
Family Guy turned into absolute garbage. Seth Macfarlane is a joke. He tries so hard to emulate South Park and fails miserably. His shows should be taken off the air 1) Because they are smut and shouldn't be aired when children are most likely awake and 2) Because they fucking suck. Period.

Message Posted On Oct 6th, 2012, 12:52 pm
Garbage in garbage out.......pretty evident by todays society. It is shows like this why I canceled cable.

Message Posted On Oct 6th, 2012, 1:56 am
Fully agree with above... if you don't like it turn the TV off... nobody is forcing you to watch it!

Message Posted On Oct 5th, 2012, 9:46 pm
Turn the channel. Or turn off the TV. If parents can't monitor their children then they should not be watching TV. These cartoons are not meant for children. It is time parents do their jobs and stop blaming everyone but themselves. And I disagree about Family Guy being in decline. TV's are not to be used for babysitting children. And that is exactly why they are mad at Seth.
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